Congratulations to A/P Lonce Wyse on his tenure!

A/P Lonce Wyse had a rosy celebration today with the CNM family for his tenure.

And do we mean rosy! Thanks to Prof. Mohan Dutta who visited from the U.S. and hand-carried our surprise gift, we had a pink Hello Kitty-themed convocation gown and mortarboard.

After a department lunch, we called on A/P Wyse and sprung our little surprise. But he recovered quickly from his initial shock to join in the fun and pose for our cameras.

A/P Wyse holds up his tenure scroll, while balancing that Hello Kitty on his mortarboard.

A/P Wyse holds up his tenure scroll, while balancing that Hello Kitty on his mortarboard.

To honour him, we all joined in the Hello Kitty fun too. Congrats A/P Lonce Wyse!

Hello CNM!

Hello CNM!

A/P Lonce Wyse addressed the “Creativity in Singapore” symposium

A/P Lonce Wyse was invited to present at an interdisciplinary panel as part of the “Creativity in Singapore” symposium organised by the Singapore Research Nexus (SRN) on February 17th, 2012.

A/P Lonce Wyse making his presentation

A/P Wyse making his presentation

A research repository undertaken just last year by NUS’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the SRN showcases research on Singapore in the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences.

The panel was timely, given increasing opportunities for and debate on creativity in Singapore. A/P Wyse’s talk was entitled “Creativity, Interdisciplinarity, and the New Relevance of the Arts” and he discussed the trend of collaborations between the arts and the sciences, with both cultures mutually informing and engaging the other. In so doing, he painted the new relevance of the arts, especially in the context of Singapore.

An enthralled audience

An enthralled audience

User Experience Design students to participate in finals of prestigious design competition

Team Habitag from the NM4210 User Experience Design class has been selected for the finals of this year’s ACM SIG CHI Student Design Competition. The four-member team consists of Samuel Heng (CNM), Agatha Soh (CNM), Lim Teng Chek (SOC) and Kevin Lin (SOC). Their entry was selected from 60 submissions across 11 countries.
Team Habitag

Team Habitag presenting their poster

The theme of the competition is ‘Space, Place, Threshold: Considering the Experience of Home from Within and Without’. Team Habitag’s design targets couples who are yet to move into their marital homes. The students researched urban Asian couples, who confronted with expensive and a short supply of housing, end up waiting several years before moving into marital homes. So the team devised a private mobile application that sought to fill this gap in time by allowing couples to leave thoughts and notes in a virtual representation of their home. The tag feature supports a wide range of multimedia such as text, audio, video and doodles, permitting couples to build and store meaningful moments in their journey to a dream home.

The finals of the competition will take place in May 2012 in Austin, Texas. The ACM SIG CHI conference is the largest in the HCI field. Team Habitag will receive exposure at an international level with conference attendees representing major academic institutions as well as key industry players in the field of interaction design.

We wish Team Habitag the very best!

Masters student Wendy Wong wins research scholarship to Korea

Wendy Wong, a Masters research student and teaching assistant with CNM, has won a research scholarship to conduct part of her research on the socioemotional needs of older adults and their use of new media in South Korea. This scholarship is awarded to only six students from participating universities of the ASEAN Universities Network and Wendy is delighted to be one of them from NUS for 2012.

She will be conducting her research in Seoul, South Korea over the vacation period.

Congrats Wendy!

Making a Difference to the rural poor in India through Lend-A-Toilet Campaign

CNM third-year student Li Peixin, currently in Bangalore on the NUS Overseas College (NOC) internship with Milaap Social Venture, an online microlending company, has created a documentary entitled “The World’s Biggest Toilet” in conjunction with World Toilet Day on 19 November, and started a campaign to promote clean toilets in the villages of Musiri, Tamil Nadu, India.

Peixin interviewing Ilavarasi

Peixin interviewing Ilavarasi from Musiri, Tamil Nadu during a field trip to assess the impact of toilet loans on villagers' lives.

Ilavarasi, proud owner of a new toilet at home and no longer needing to defecate in the open at night.

Ilavarasi, proud owner of a new toilet at home through Lend-A-Toilet, and no longer needing to defecate in the open at night.

The online campaign at not only aims to raise funds for the villagers but more importantly, to build greater awareness of the importance of clean sanitation among people around the world who take this for granted. There are 2.6 billion people around the world today who still do not enjoy such comforts, and the World Toilet Organisation has pledged to match the funds raised through this campaign.

Lend-A-Toilet operates on a microlending principle so recipients of these new and clean toilets repay the loan slowly after their toilets are built. This money can then be generated to other households. Lenders, in the meanwhile, can choose to collect or recycle their loans.

Peixin’s campaign runs through 2 December 2011 and if you feel inspired, as she was, do lend her your support at

CNM students honed journalism skills at SEA Games

CNM’s writing students Cheong Wei Ming and Kelly Ng (also a double-degree student with CNM and the School of Business) were recently selected to cover the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia for Team Singapore.

Based in Jakarta, Wei Ming focused on sports like badminton, table tennis and bowling. Meanwhile Kelly was in Palembang where she kept track of sports such as swimming, wakeboarding and gymnastics.

Kelly with local Palembangese students

Kelly with local Palembangese students

The duo are the second group of student journalists fielded by CNM. Before them, Jerome Seow had covered the 2009 SEA Games in Vientiane,Laos, and the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Dr. Carol Soon makes for CNM’s second PhD graduate

Graduate students and staff from CNM gathered in a surprise celebration for Dr. Carol Soon on being conferred her PhD from NUS.

Carol was presented a number “2” jersey by CNM Head Dr. Millie Rivera that was specially created by the graduate students, in recognition of Carol being the second-ever PhD to have graduated from our young department. Dr. Ganga Sasidharan, CNM’s first PhD graduate, then passed on the symbolic flame from an Indian oil lamp.

Carol had good news to share with the department too. She received the 2012 Endeavour Research Fellowship Award from the Australian government. This is a competitive, merit-based scholarship programme offered globally, which will allow Carol to conduct her post-doctoral research with the Asia Research Centre (the Special Research Centre of the Australian Research Council) in Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

Carol with CNM Head Dr. Millie Rivera and supervisor Dr. Hichang Cho

Carol with CNM Department Head Dr. Millie Rivera and supervisor Dr. Hichang Cho

CNM welcomes new IAC member, Ms Yee Poh Ling

CNM welcomes our newest–and first human resources-based–Industry Advisory Council member, Ms Yee Poh Ling.

Ms Yee is currently the Regional Human Resource Director of global advertising agency Wunderman/Y&R, in its Asian office based in Singapore.

Ms Yee Poh Ling, CNM's newest IAC member

Ms Yee Poh Ling, CNM's newest IAC member

She has a solid career in human resources, having spent two decades in various corporations and doing consultancy work in this field. Prior to joining Wunderman/Y&R, she was with ESPN Star Sports and Sun Microsystems, making her a perfect fit with the various disciplines that we combine in CNM.

She is also an alumna of our university, having graduated from the NUS Business School.

We welcome Ms Yee to our IAC and look forward to continued interaction with her and with Wunderman/Y&R!

2 CNM winners at the FASS Teaching Excellence Awards

CNM scored another haul at this year’s FASS Teaching Excellence Awards (FTEA). Both Dr Ingrid Hoofd and Mr Gui Kai Chong were recognised at the Faculty-level to be awarded the FTEA.

Dr Ingrid Hoofd, three-time winner of the FTEA

Dr Ingrid Hoofd, three-time winner of the FTEA

Of course it helped that both are excellent teachers who have been conferred with other awards on previous occasions.

This is the third time that Dr Hoofd (left) has won the FTEA (she has won it in 2008 and 2010). She also received a CNM teaching award in 2009 and the University-level Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) in 2010.

Mr Gui Kai Chong, two-time winner of the FTEA

Mr Gui Kai Chong, two-time winner of the FTEA

Mr Gui (right) won the FTEA in 2010 and the CNM teaching award in 2011.

Both Dr Hoofd and Mr Gui credit the supportive environment within the department. Said Dr Hoofd, “The general atmosphere of collegiality in CNM has certainly contributed to my passion for teaching!” Mr Gui echoed, “I am very grateful to the department for nominating me for this award, the Faculty for presenting this award to me and to my great colleagues who make CNM such a wonderful place to work in.”

Mr Gui added, “Teaching CNM students as well as students from other departments in NUS about ‘Theories of Communications and New Media’ and ‘Culture Industries’ has been a truly joyful and memorable experience. I feel encouraged when I see students complete my modules with very high morale, because it means that they have enjoyed the whole learning process and have found the modules useful and enriching.”

Mr Gui and Dr Hoofd were presented with award certificates

Mr Gui and Dr Hoofd were presented with award certificates at a FASS ceremony

Heartiest congratulations to both!

CNM’s new “knight” — Associate Professor Cho Hichang

As a new department, A/P Cho Hichang’s tenure and promotion follows hard on the heels of A/P Lim Sun Sun’s success a few months back.

After all the fun shared at A/P Lim’s celebration, CNM colleagues decided that A/P Cho be knighted this time, with a tunic, belt and gauntlets that travelled here from the US. The dubbing ceremony was presided over by Dr. Millie Rivera, who conferred a crown that read “Tenured Prof” and a ruler in place of his chain-mail and sword. After all, a researcher and teacher of the highest order cannot do without some tools of the trade.

A/P Cho was given an onerous task—at short notice—of briefing colleagues at a staff meeting, and so was kept plugged away at his presentation while colleagues surreptitiously organised the celebration. Imagine his surprise when we swooped in with chocolate cake (his favourite), costume and put him through an oath!

A/P Cho with CNM colleagues

A/P Cho with CNM colleagues

Congratulations A/P Cho, our shining knight!